|Job Experience is Overrated - Resume Not Required|
How many times have you searched for a job online, only to see that you’re underqualified or overqualified for the desired position?
It’s happened likely many times.
The “12-year experience” factor likely comes from the departure of their most recent occupant and the organization wants a replacement with equal experience and possibly better character. The thought is why are they looking for a position that requires 12 years or more experience if the person wasn't fired, let go or left in some capacity?
The company is afraid to downsize themselves of experience if they know the right person with the right qualifications is out there. The truth is, there are likely more individuals in the world that can be hired for this position with limited or no experience.
Let’s take a look at a great example with a person who was hired for a leadership position with absolutely no prior experience.
For the sports freaks out there like me, this is great reading material to be motivated about your job search. The New York Knicks recently hired former NBA point guard Derek Fisher for their head coaching vacancy. For those who love sports, particularly the game of basketball, the Knicks head coaching job is always one of the coveted positions in the industry.
Fisher has always been considered a leader in the locker room and one of the faces to turn towards in a winning cultured locker room. He won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also won all five championships with Phil Jackson as his head coach.
It’s always important to write down on paper your “wins,” which is an instance where you believe you made a material impact or had success. Wins can be personal, professional, or educational. Each Win and each section of each Win must be clear and concise. Each Win shows your ability, skills and talent.
Fisher’s “wins” can be easily described as winning five championships with Jackson, currently the President of the Knicks and the guy who hired him. Clearly Jackson knows Fisher’s ability not only as a player, but as a leader as he coached him previously.
The now-retired point guard has no experience as a head coach, or even a coach altogether. However, Jackson sees Fisher as a leader and a well-respected figure in the eyes of NBA players. Ultimately, that’s the most important aspect in this hiring process.
For the person who is on the fence about applying for a job because they lack the experience, it’s pretty simple to think about it in this respect: every individual who has gone on to do great things in their respective industry had to start somewhere. When they ultimately began their position, they didn’t have any experience.
Organizations ultimately think their best candidate should have a certain amount of experience for them to be useful. And they use that exact amount of experience to judge whether or not it’s a perfect fit before they even see the individual.
On the contrary, if you have more experience than what they are seeking, don’t think you’re overqualified. If a company wants six years of experience as a Director of Financial & Analysis and you have 10, just post six. You’re not lying. You have at least six years at that position.
The most important aspect of job searching is to take the emotion out of it. It only takes one company to believe in your services. Experience or not, it’s your confidence and strong interest in helping the company whether it’s limited or more experience.
Derek Fisher received a new job when he didn’t have any experience. So if you’re looking to change careers to something you love, but don’t necessarily have experience in, that shouldn’t deter you from achieving for success.
I wish the best of luck to you in the job search process.